International Micro Business – Invent a Future

by | Aug 18, 2011 | Archives

Your international micro business can come about by inventing a future.


JGAM Event in Copenhagen. Gary and Merri hard at work…or not?  See below the importance of perception.

There is a huge global economic mess or opportunity in the making. There is absolutely only one difference between the two… the mess or the opportunity… it’s how you choose to perceive it.

A reader sent the note below last week (bolds are mine):  Re your thoughts on the recent riots in Britain and the populist & economic instability in much of the rest of the world.

I have no argument with your statement that governments shouldn’t be in the business of providing jobs. But I have real questions on where jobs are going to come from: A global economy based on everybody buying more and more stuff isn’t workable (in addition to being unsustainable). I can’t speak to the rest of the world, but here 70% of the economy depends on consumers buying stuff and there’s no serious thought – or at least none being reported – on how to transition to a different kind of economy.

I was watching some of the interviews with rioters and the most telling one to me was a barely literate 17-year old who though uneducated and basically feral understood clearly that the government is paying him $125 a week to stay home watching television and not make trouble. What can Britain do with this cohort? They have no job skills even if there were jobs to put them into.

There’s always the CCC model – put unemployed people to work on infrastructure – which would solve 2 problems at once. But you can’t do this without government money.

Technology renders a huge number of workers superfluous. For instance, a few weeks ago, a closed factory in the upper Midwest that once employed more than 2000 people was bought by a Swedish company and totally rebuilt in line with European standards. The new factory needs 400 people, who with the help of robotics produce more than the previous factory produced with 5 times the employees. And while the new owners encouraged laid off workers to apply and even paid to retrain those workers whose test scores showed the capability to operate the new equipment, more than 80% of those jobs are not coming back. Once their unemployment insurance runs out, they will have NO purchasing power. Nobody here has any plans what to do with them or for them.

Re China, beyond the potential problems of Bare Branches is the looming crisis of a huge, rapidly aging demographic dependent on a much smaller population of younger workers. Kind of what the US and Italy are looking at right on the horizon.

It’s a mess, no matter where you go.

This reader is absolutely correct IF you see the natural state of evolution as a mess.  There is no doubt that social economic shifts are in high gear. They always have been and always will be … at least as long as this quantum flux we call reality continues to exist as a never ending swirl of change.

We can’t alter the facts or reality of evolution… but we can alter our perception from seeing a mess to seeing an enormess opportunity to be a pioneer in helping adapt to change.  The difference between the two mindsets is how we view trial and error. 

The entire history of mankind suggests that every darkest hour has always been in some way the dawn of a golden era.

Excerpts from last week’s (Aug. 6, 2011) Sunday New York Times book review entitled “Preoccupations – Daring to Stumble on the Road to Discovery” by  Peter Sims (author of “Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries”) shows how jobs will be created: New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman said that when he graduated from college, he was able to go find a job, but that our children were going to have to invent a job.

Jobs, careers, valued skills and industries are transforming at an unheard-of rate. And all of the change and uncertainty can make us risk-averse and prone to getting stuck.

Despite these realities, our education system emphasizes teaching and testing us about facts that are already known. There is much less focus on our ability to discover, create and reinvent.

The same often holds true in the workplace. Perfection is rewarded, while making mistakes is penalized. It’s no wonder that “failure” has taken on a deeply personal meaning, something to be avoided at nearly all cost.

The skills we’re taught work well for familiar situations, yet we’re trained to perfect our ideas and use the past to predict the future with linear plans in a nonlinear world. As such, we need a completely new mind-set. Linear thinking is a death knell for creativity. (bolds are mine, Gary).

When I worked as a venture capital investor, I found that most successful entrepreneurs don’t begin with perfected ideas or plans — they discover them. Entrepreneurs think of learning the way most people think of failure.

A prime example is Howard Schultz, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. When he started what would become Starbucks, he modeled the first stores after coffeehouses in Milan, a new concept for the United States in the 1980s. He was clearly onto something, but the baristas wore bow ties — which they found uncomfortable — and customers complained about the nonstop opera music and menus that were written primarily in Italian. And the early stores had no chairs. Mr. Schultz routinely acknowledges that he and his team made a lot of mistakes. But they learned from them, as they did from countless other experiments.

This is how comedians and entrepreneurs must work — by making countless small bets to discover what works. The real genius is in the approach.

The same holds true for leaders, managers and collaborators. They must to be willing to learn from mistakes.

In a time when valued skills and occupations shift constantly, we must be able to discover interests, opportunities and careers by experimenting. Or by reinventing ourselves altogether.

INVENTION and discovery emanate from the ability to try seemingly wild possibilities; to feel comfortable being wrong before being right; to live in the world as a careful observer, open to different experiences; to play with ideas without prematurely judging oneself or others; to persist through difficulties; and to have a willingness to be misunderstood, sometimes for long periods, despite the conventional wisdom.

All these abilities can be learned and developed, but doing so requires us to unlearn many of our tendencies toward linear planning and perfectionism.

As the technology pioneer Alan Kay put it: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

It begins with a little bet. What will yours be?

I could not have put this better.  The difference between a mess and opportunity is our mindset.  We can see the reader above has these seven concerns:

#1: 70% of the economy depends on consumers

#2: No serious thought on how to transition to a different kind of economy.

#3: Barely literate 17-year olds who have no job skills

#4: Can’t put unemployed people to work on infrastructure without government money.

#5: Robotics produce more  80%  fewer employees.

#6: China Bare Branches.

#7: Huge, rapidly aging population dependent on support from much smaller population of younger workers.

We can feel worried or even vent anger at the change or we can see these evolutions as seven extra golden opportunities and start an international micro business and be involved in one of these opportunities.

This is why we have increased our focus on providing online courses hopefully to help you, our precious readers, create your own international micro business.

Don’t just vent.  Invent with Events instead.

Our newest online course “Event – Full Business” shows how to earn extra income from a seminar, tour,  exhibition or events business. With rising transportation costs and the increased needs of providing data to focused groups, fewer business models have as much potential as events

As technology dissolves the unity of families… communities… business organizations and even nations… a huge void grows in the realm of a great  human need… the need to belong.

The internet and broadband help like minded souls unite… but cannot fill the urge to be physically in one another’s presence.  Modern communications can exchange data, information and communicate but all of that is all a prelude to finally meeting one another in person.

There is a vital energy and spontaneity that comes from people to people meetings…. so the event business will grow.

Merri and I meet with friends from all over the world at events.  Our friends are like minded souls we know from around the world and continue meeting at events.

An events business can be fun and fulfilling as well.  If there is any one part of our business that has been fulfilling, it is the events where we can actually meet, see, hear and feel what our readers are doing, thinking  and sharing.

An events business is a great way to get out of the rat race as it can provide travel… and the ability to earn a great income as you spend time… live… laugh or love in more than just one place… and the places being ones YOU choose.

How can one live such a lifestyle… where a suitcase is a necessary and vital friends that bring you a great income and lifestyle?

There are few people more capable of answering this question than… Merri and me.

For 43 years (from May 1968) we have been paid to travel and live exactly where we have wanted to be… because we have had an events business conducting seminars, courses and tours.

Our seminar/conference/events business has allowed us to visit and to live almost anywhere we have chosen… or not.

Sometimes we have incredible adventures.


Here I am with Merri and an Ecuadorian Yatchak deep in the Llanganatis jungle. This adventure led us to have shamanic events.
However when we want to stay at home we can also do so.  One does not have to travel to have an events business.


Here I am (in brown shirt) speaking to a delegate at an event conducted at our Florida home.

We even built a…


seminar hall on Little Horse Creek so we can stay up here in the Blue Ridge when we desire… and still conduct events.

Here is one of the small groups at a retreat we conducted in the seminar hall.


Most owners of an events business do not do this much, however!  Lesson Two of a new course we have created called “Event – Full Business” shows how to start small and gradually build a larger events business (if that is your desire) as we have done.

We have conducted events as small as two delegates and some with over 400 so…


we know the events business inside and out… large and small. Here Merri and I are speaking to over 400 + people in Quito, Ecuador.

There are innumerable fringe benefits to an events business. For example almost all of our global travel has been tax deductible for all these years.

The pay has certainly not been bad either.  As you’ll see IN THE COURSE,  on one event we earned  $142,260 in three days.  In another instance we earned over $135,000 in two days.  Once our earnings exceeded $200,000 in just three days.


At this JGAM event in a tiny historic Danish village we enjoyed spending time with people from the US, Latin America, the USA, UK and throughout Europe including Russia. You could call putting on events work… but we call it a lifestyle.

Income has been a small part of this adventure. The expanded horizons… the people we have met… the adventures we have shared… the tens of thousands of delegates we have enjoyed and hopefully helped…. the poor we have served… the freedom we have felt… to be able to go where we desire and come home, when we desire, with more than when we left.

These facts have dramatically enriched our lives….and we hope others.

Now we would like to help improve your lifestyle as well… if… earning with a seminar, tour events business appeals to you.

We have conducted seminars or events or spoken at them in… (alphabetical order)  Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary (before the Iron Curtain came down), Indonesia, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands,  Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and at one time or another most of the United States and more.

There is a possibility that  Merri and I know more about conducting events than 99.9% of the people in the world and because so many have asked… we have finally decided to provide an online correspondence course on how to create your own seminar, tour or events business.

We call this brand new emailed correspondence course:  “Event – Full Business”.

We have completed the first lessons and want to introduce this course to you as we are accepting enrollment of students in our beta program.

However there is a special $348 savings for the rest of the summer… because an events and publishing business go hand in hand.

Merri’s and my business has always provided well for us, but we have noticed over the decades that at times the bulk of our income comes from events and at other times from publishing.

To help readers learn both the publishing and events business which go hand in hand, our End of Summer Special offer gives you our online beta course “Event – Full Business” (normally $349) for just $1.  You save $348 when you order our online course “Self Fulfilled, How to be a Self Publisher” at the normal $499 price. You receive Eventful Business ($349) and Self Fulfilled ($499) a, $848 value for just $500.

Learn more about Self Fulfilled How to be A Self Publisher here

Learn more about Event – Full Business  How to Have a Seminar Business here

Enroll in the online courses “Self Fulfilled” and “Event – Full Business” for $500… save $348 by clicking here.